Friday, October 6, 2017

Quality of Life candidate forums

Official release:

Save the dates – October 12, 16, 19 and 25 – for the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition’s 2017 Candidates Forums 

Civic Group to Host Series of 2017 Candidates Forums for the Nov. 7 Elections for At-Large City Council Seats, Board of Education and Mayoralty

Hoboken, NJ – October 4, 2017 – The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2017 Hoboken candidates forums for the Nov. 7 elections. These forums give Hoboken voters a chance to hear candidates for office answer the questions they care most about in an even-handed and direct format. 
  • The 14 City Council at Large candidates have been randomly sorted* (see details below) into two groups of seven to meet in two forums, on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Mile Square Theater, 1400 Clinton St., and Monday, Oct. 16, at the Hoboken Multiservice Center, 124 Grand St.
  • The seven Board of Education candidates are scheduled to meet on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the School Hall of the Church of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, at 422 Willow Ave.
  • The Mayoral candidates forum will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Stevens Institute of Technology’s DeBaun Auditorium, co-hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology and its Student Government Association. 

Each forum begins at 7 pm and lasts about 2 hours, with a brief intermission.
This year’s candidates forums will follow the established format that the Hoboken QLC has maintained for over a decade, with questions submitted on index cards by members of the audience and posed to each of the candidates in turn by moderator Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken. Each candidate will have a minute and a half to respond, and the order of response will be randomized each round. John Heinis, Chief News Correspondent at HudsonCountyView.com, will moderate the Board of Education forum Oct. 19.

This format has consistently presented a lively exchange of policy ideas, opinions and comments on issues that the voters themselves consider the most important. The QLC is grateful for the support of Mile Square Theater, the City of Hoboken’s Multiservice Center, the Parish of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, and Stevens Institute of Technology and its Student Government Association, along with many volunteers who will help to run these events.

*Sorting Out the City Council Candidates
Due to the large number of candidates for the three open at-large City Council seats, the QLC used a software program to randomly assign the 14 into two groups of seven on different nights. A video of the sorting process is posted on the QLC Facebook page. The candidates assigned to October 12 are Hammond, Einstein, Flett, Falco, Impastato, Mello, and Valente. The candidates assigned to October 16 are Matthews, Starace, Aibel, Ellis, Jabbour, Allen, and Doyle.

About the QLC
The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition (QLC) is an all-volunteer organization concerned about the air, earth and water, about the density of development, the need for open space, the lack of parking, the flooding, and the host of difficulties that militate against a good and healthy living environment in this densely populated urban city. Since 2000, we have been actively advocating for these causes. The QLC was designated as a 501c3 organization by the IRS in 2000, and all contributions to the QLC are tax deductible.